Car Restoration Made Simple

Posted by Ben Davidson about 1 years ago

How often have you seen a beautiful old car pass you on the street and you've thought to yourself 'one day, that will be me driving that car'?

We've all done, and there is nothing wrong with dreaming. But though, what is stopping you starting to turn that dream into a reality right now? 


You might worry that it's going to take a lot of time and that you haven't got that kind of time spare at the moment. In truth, it will take time. It will probably take over a thousand hours of work to get your car to the quality you want. But, assuming you've got somewhere to keep it while you restore it, time isn't as much of an issue as you'd think. You can work at your own pace. Restoring a car is not a race. 


Then there is the question of money. Buying a car, then all of the parts and tools that you'll need, that's going to add up. You might think that you need to get lots of money saved up for the project. However, you can buy as you go for much of the project. 


Buy a Car


Might seem like an obvious way to start, and it is that simple. You probably have an idea of the make and model or at least the style of car you want, so get looking. You might want to check auction listing sites like eBay, or classic car websites, try local restoration clubs as members many may have members selling items. 


Don't buy the first thing you see. Get an idea of price first. Try to understand where the market is at the moment for that type of car, and then shop around. Try and get out to look at any vehicles you're interested in to get a good handle on the amount of work needed to set it right. 


Buying Parts 


Your engine is your most substantial part and if you need a new one, consider buying it complete, click here for a company who offer just that. 


As a lot of parts may no longer be in production, you may have to substitute for modern equivalents or buy used. 


Salvage yards are a great source of replacement parts and can save you quite a bit. Shop around online too, as there will be plenty of parts suppliers if you don't mind waiting for an item to be shipped to you. 


Keeping Your Car Safe


During the restoration, you'll need to make sure that you have somewhere secure and dry to keep your car while you work on it. If you have your own garage, that would be ideal. If not, if anyone you know has space, they might store it. 


You'll need to make sure that you have access to all of the tools that you'll need to finish the job, plus if there is bodywork involved consider that you may need welding gear, and a safe space to get the job done in.


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